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Note: “First Monday,” for example, means: The first Monday “of the month.”

Second Monday: Rio Rancho Federated Republican Women luncheon-meeting. 11:00 a.m. At Turtle Mountain Brewing Co., 905 36th St., Rio Rancho. Info/reservations, call Carolyn: 681-6328.

Second Monday: Rio Grande Rebels 4-H Club meets. Now accecpting new members. The 4 -H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program that provides opportunities for youth to learn life skills and gain knowledge while having fun. Info: Jessica 459-6553. Sandoval County Extension Office at 711 S. Camino del Pueblo Bernalillo, NM 87004.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. Bernalillo Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Third Monday: Village Academy Charter School GC board meeting. 4:30 p.m., 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo (located next to Our Lady of Sorrows Church). (505) 867-9094.

Third Monday: Sandoval County Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. 6 p.m. Discuss strategies to support breastfeeding families in Sandoval County. Family Health Partnerships, 4351 Jager Road, Suite C, Rio Rancho 87144. Amy Pilley: or 575-642-7534.

Mondays through Fridays: Mothers’ Day Out Preschool. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas. $16.00 per day. Call Debbie Stueber at (505) 867-3371.

First Tuesday: Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcoming Coffee. Learn of the Club’s many varied activities. Membership open to residents who have lived in the Albuquerque area (including Sandoval County) for five years or less, or who are having major changes in their lives. Make new friends and increase your social life while signing up for monthly luncheons and speakers, dining experiences, visits to area attractions, book and movie groups, card games, men’s group, walking, wine tastings, etc. 10 a.m. Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte, 505-321-6970,

First Tuesday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed kennel club, 7:30 p.m. Schedule changes in August and December. Call 867-4510 for meeting location.

First Tuesday: Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce—Board of Directors meeting. 11:30 a.m., at the GSCCC offices at 282 South Camino del Pueblo, Suite 2 D in Bernalillo, NM. For member networking events, visit or call 404-8492.

Second Tuesdays: Coronado Optimist Club. 6 p.m. The Coronado Optimist Club primarily serves Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Placitas in projects that help youth. Held at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. All are welcome.

Second Tuesday: Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, national offices.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Open kiln-formed glass workshops. 2-4 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Center. 867-1396

Third Tuesday: Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority (ESCAFCA) meets at 6 p.m. in the Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers. Persons wishing to be on the agenda or persons with disabilities should contact Mike Castillo at 771-7100 (ext. 7100), or 220-4734, by the first Tuesday. Board meeting agenda is available at the front desk of the Town Hall by the Friday preceding the meeting.

Third Tuesday: Sandia Vista Amateur Radio Club invites all area amateur radio operators to monthly meetings. 7 p.m. Help provide emergency communications in Placitas. Become a “HAM” radio operator. We will help you get your FCC license. Visitors welcome. Placitas Fire Station No. 41, Hwy 165, near the Library. for details.

Fourth Tuesday: Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM monthly meeting. 6:30 p.m. Placitas Community Center. Open to the public.

Tuesdays: Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. Topics include: Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157.

Tuesdays and Fridays: Watermelon Mountain Ranch offers spay-and-neuter clinics. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary from thirty dollars to 150 dollars depending on the weight of your pet. All procedures include pain medication. Information: or 250-5419.

First Wednesday (except January): Jardineros de Placitas meeting. 9:30 a.m. For location and more information, contact Pat Quick at 404-1021.

Second Wednesday: Rio Rancho Art Association (RRAA) monthly membership meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. RRAA is a non-juried/all mediums regional art association. You need not be a resident of Rio Rancho to join. Don Chalmer’s Ford Community Room. 2500 Rio Rancho Boulevard, Rio Rancho. or or 505-301-2009.

Second Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet at 7 p.m. in the Bernalillo Town Council Chambers. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. when old and new members and guests can converse informally. Contact: Janice Saxton, at or Linda Allison, Secretary at

Second and fourth Wednesdays: Sandoval County Civitans meet 6:00 p.m. US Bank conference room, Bernalillo. 898-6884.

Third Wednesday: Placitas Community Library Board Meetings. 7-9 p.m. at the Library.

Second Thursday: The Democratic Party of Sandoval County meets with the New Mexico Democratic Club. 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at the Bernalillo Train Station, 400 Station, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Second and fourth Thursdays (except for November and December): Sandoval County Commission. 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Sandoval Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Road Building D, Bernalillo. Call 867-7500 or visit for more information or for a meeting agenda.

Third Thursday (except December): Placitas History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas. Everyone is welcome. 771-0253.

Fourth Thursday: Sandoval County Development Planning & Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

Second Fridays: San-Bern Federated Republican Women luncheon. 11:15 a.m. Public is welcome. At Chamisa Hills Country Club., 500 Country Club Drive. Info/reservations: Joyce Elliott  891-8180,

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery— 12 steps to finding freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. 6:30 p.m. First Assemby Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, Bernalillo. 867-7226.
Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Held in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 640 Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome.

Saturdays and Sundays: Idalia Road Marketplace. Sat.: 9 a.m-2 p.m; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rio Rancho’s open-air market will be filled with live entertainment from local musicians, arts and crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, garden and houseplant sales, furniture, yard sale vendors, burritos, and more. Idalia Road Market is located at 1320 Idalia Road in Rio Rancho, one-half mile north of Northern Boulevard. To learn more about the market, call 553-5591 or visit Entry and parking are free.

First Saturday (Second Saturdays: April and September): Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 6:30 p.m. Potlucks or snacks are provided. For location, call Janice Saxton, 867-1139.

Third Saturday: Meeting for the Rio Rancho Northwest Mesa NAACP. 11 a.m. Held at Don Newton Community Center. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit our website at

Third Sunday: The Sandoval County Fair board meets, alternating between the Cuba Fairgrounds and San Ysrido town office at 1:00 p.m. For more information call Jessica at 459-6553.

October 4: Opening reception for Corrales Historical Society’s twenty-fifth Old Church Fine Arts Show. 5-7 p.m. This year’s show features 39, juried artists who will showcase a wide array of art forms. The Old Church Fine Arts Show is held at the Old San Ysidro Church located at 966 Old Church Road across from Casa San Ysidro. The show is open on October 5 through October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. On October 13 the show is open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All works are available for sale. There is no admission charge.

October 4: Rio Rancho Astronomical Society meeting and stargaze. 8 p.m. Weather permitting, telescopes provided by members of the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will show views of Venus, Saturn, various nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. Held at Coronado State Monument The public is invited to attend both events. Info:, or call 220-5492.

October 5: Discussion: “Aging Successfully, Aging in Place.” 3-5 p.m. Held at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Anyone interested in participating may call Joyce Thompson at 404-8553.

October 6: Placitas Artists Series presents Jon Nakamatsu, piano soloist. Program begins at 3 p.m. and will include pieces by Schubert, Chopin, and Schumann. Visual artist reception prior to concert begins at 2 p.m. features Debby Brinkerhoff, Katherine Irish Henry, and Preston Photography. Tickets/Info:

October 7: A Master Gardener of the Xeric Garden Club of Albuquerque will give a guided tour of its certified Wildlife Habitat Garden and explain the importance of creating and preserving wildlife habitats. 10-11 a.m. All ages are welcome. Free. Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE. For more information, go to

October 10: Backyard composting class. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Learn the basics of successful composting in the dry climate of the high desert. Held at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW. Free. To register or for more information, call 897-8831 or email to

October 12: Placitas Flea Market. Skip that yard sale. Space fee is ten dollars. Space fees benefit the Placitas Community Library. Library offers optional tents and tables for an additional ten dollars each. Public is welcome to “browse, schmooze, and buy.” For more information, call PJ at 771-1143.

October 18: Opening reception for PCL’s artist of the month Linda Heath. 5-7 p.m. Held at the Placitas Community Library.

October 19: Third annual Placitas gear sale. 9 a.m. “We sell you stuff, so you can get out and enjoy the day.” Purchase quality used recreational gear at a great price. Drop off your for-sale items (in good condition) after 8 a.m. Skis, boots, bikes, camping gear, sports gear, golf clubs, etc. 25 percent of your sale price goes to Las Placitas Association and Pathways. In Homestead Village Shopping Center’s parking lot.

October 19: Backyard composting class, 10-11 a.m. Learn the basics of successful composting in the dry climate of the high desert. Held at Osuna Nursery (501 Osuna Road NE). Free. To register or for more information, call 897-8831 or email:

October 19: “If You Plant It, They Will Come.” Virginia Burris, designer of the Xeric Garden Club’s certified Wildlife Habitat Garden, will speak on how to create a habitat garden in your own yard. 10-11 a.m. Held at the Albuquerque Garden Center (10120 Lomas Blvd NE). Free. For more information, go to

October 19: Tenth annual 26-mile trail sale—a continuous yard sale along the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway on NM State Hwy 4 from San Ysidro to La Cueva. The two-day event is sponsored by local residents. A yard sale shopper’s paradise. For more information, go to

October 22: Poetry night at Esther Bone Library. 6:30 p.m. Sudasi Clement and Barbara Hill will read, followed by a book signing and, if time permits, audience members are invited to read their own work.

October 26: Placitas Flea Market. Skip that yard sale. Space fee is $10. Space fees benefit the Placitas Community Library. Library offers optional tents and tables for an additional $10 each. Public is welcome to “browse, schmooze, and buy.” Info: call PJ 771-1143,

October 26. Placitas Star Party. 6:30-10 p.m. Held at Placitas Community Library. Amateur and professional astronomers, or anyone with a telescope, are encouraged to arrive before 6:00 p.m. for setup in the paved parking area found along the southern side of the library. Be sure to bring warm clothes and red flashlights.

October 26: Las Placitas Association presents the annual Fall Harvest Festival. 1-5 p.m. Family fun. Competitions for baked goods, garden produce, canned/preserved foods, crafts, and pumpkin carving for the kids. Enter your best pie, cake, bread, homemade mozzarella cheese, or canned pears; ribbons will be awarded. Judging begins at 2 p.m. Phill Remick from NewBeeRescue will talk about beekeeping; Hart Schwarz will be back to talk about the Birds of Placitas. Show off your handy-crafts—weaving, sewing, beadwork, leather, glass, or woodcrafts—at an art table. To reserve a free table, contact Chris at Wine will be available for tasting and purchasing. Entry is free. Anasazi Fields Winery, 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas. For more info, contact Chris at

November 13-15: 2013 Quivira Conference. 7:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Gary Snyder and Santa Fe’s own Jack Loeffler convene for an evening of discussion, exploration, and reflection on the challenges of a changing West. This event is open to the public and proceeds benefit the Quivira Coalition’s mission to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes. Held at Embassy Suites Hotel (1000 wordward place, NE, Albuquerque 87102). Tickets are thirty dollars each.
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